California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has approved new legislation barring the installation of spyware, secret software that is installed on computers without the approval of the user. Once the bill takes effect, computer owners will be able to seek damages from responsible parties.
Some criticized the law as lacking teeth to actually impact spyware. CMP Media reports that managed service providers, which monitor networks, were excluded from the bill's ban after an intense lobbying effort earlier this year. SB 1436 is here. The legislative history of the bill is available here. Reuters has more.